Renting a car is not an everyday occurrence, so it’s easy to understand if you have tons of questions about how to rent a car. If you’re new to the car rental industry and you’re looking to rent a vehicle for the first time, here’s our short guide on how to do so:
Read the guideline
Before you rent a car, you need to find out as much as you can about the company you’re going to be renting from. Most of these sites will typically list their policies on the page so that you understand their business model and how they operate. You should contact them to ask about corporate deals, loyalty programs, and other promotions so that you know which service will save you the most money while giving you the best car to drive.
If you have a question, but you don’t want to contact them directly, check their customer guidelines and FAQ page. You may find the answers to your questions there.
List out your travel plan
You should come up with a clear travel plan and all the stops you’re going to be making along the way so that you can talk to the rental service about it. They may be able to give you some advice on which car model and additional options you should add to the deal. Doing this before you agree to rent a car will prevent you from signing a deal for a car or a service that you don’t need, as you already have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.
Choose the right car for the job
When you rent a car, you have more freedom over how you want to design your trip. For that reason, you want to choose a vehicle that complements how you’re expecting to travel. For example, if you’re looking to just drive from town to town on the highway, you just need a functional sedan with good mileage. On the other hand, if you want to go on an off-road adventure, you will need a stick-shift FWD with customized tires to make sure that you can travel through just about any terrain. If you don’t see the type of car that you like in their catalog, you can contact the company, as they may have some in the inventory that aren’t on the site.
To save you some money on car rentals, avoid packing too much stuff so that you can rent a smaller car. You may not think that this is a big deal, but a €20 difference can add up, especially for a long trip. If you’re looking to rent a car for two weeks, that’s €280 that you could’ve saved for other things! When you’re traveling, you want to make sure that you save as much money as possible so that you can spend it on things that will make for a better trip. Things like tours, food, and activities are what you should be spending your money on, not extra trunk space.
Don’t go crazy with the add-ons
When you’re booking a rental car, you may see all the exciting options that you may want to add. If you have a reason to add those add-ons to your deal, then sure, go for it, but don’t go overboard with it. Again, budget management is crucial, and you should only keep the things that you need so that you can spend the money you save on something more important.
Are you looking for a car hire service on your visit to Cyprus? Get in touch with Car Rental Cyprus today! We’re happy to help find you the perfect car for your trip.